The three of you would have turned four this year. Four.
The year of becoming little people. The terrible language barriers and potty training of the 2’s out of the way and the dramatics of the 3’s in our past.
The years I have spent wondering of you every day, feeling you always and wandering this earth with pieces of my soul tethered to heaven.
I’ve been told to write a letter to you a few times and for quite some time. But, it wasn’t until I asked one of my warrior mamas to write her babies a letter in hopes of her finding some clarity and healing, even within the uncertain darkness of infertility, that I realized you deserved and I need my words.
I could write of how much I miss you and yet feel like I never had you. The weeks of synthetic hormones to retrieve you, the five days to only hear about your growth in a phone call from the infertility clinic and the gut wrenching two weeks of praying and hoping you would stick in her warm uterus. All to end in a one minute phone call with the words, “She’s not pregnant.” Years of trying, tens of thousands of dollars spent and lifelong dreams crushed in a phone call telling me our relationship was over before I even got to meet you.
I was not a mother.
And, I believed that for a long while.
It was dark, there were tears, a lot of anger and a sense of self that disappeared behind never being seen.
I could write of all my wonderings. Would you have had my freckles or your dad’s blonde curls? Would you have been spunky like me or stoic like him? Would I have handled the poop and he the puke? What books would have been your favorite in your nighttime routine? What kind of grandparents would they have been? I could fill the biggest library on earth with my wonderings of the last four years, let alone of the lifetime of wonderings ahead of me.
I am a mother.
I worry, I wonder, I question, I doubt, I love.
Even if only from afar.
I could write how forgotten you and my motherhood are most days. No one speaks of you, some even say you don’t count. Many aren’t sure what to ask me or how to relate to me; a childless mother, I am often the only one everywhere I go.
The invisible mother.
The one without the happy ending.
Yet, only through you have I fought for, found and created my own happy ending of thriving.
What I hope you know is how loved and wanted you are and were.
I hope I make you proud.
I hope every day you are honored in my work, my words, and especially, my love.
I have learned God gifted you to me, even if only for a whisper of time, as you were always His to begin with. I am blessed He chose me as your mother, it is the best gift I have ever received.
In the lifelong absence and the daily presence of you, I have found me.
It is because of you I notice every sunset and sunrise, see beauty in pain, feel with my whole being, believe in the unseen, give more than I ever have, seek the unknown, laugh with childlike wonder, walk with curiosity and have more gratitude for it all than ever before.
It is because of you I love harder and better.
I love you always.
Thank you, my loves.